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Saline county is located in southern Illinois, one county removed from the Ohio River at its eastern and southern borders. It was created in 1847, the 99th out of 102 in the state.

It is named for Saline Springs, a vital resource of the area. The Springs supplied salt for much of the Midwest and was used in tanning animal hides as well as being a dietary supplement.

The county seat is Harrisburg the county population on July 1, 1999, was 26,044, a decrease of 507 over the 1990 census. The town is host to Southeastern Illinois College, the area's community college.

The 277,000-acre Shawnee National Forest is located just to the south of Harrisburg and provides nearly unlimited recreational opportunities--something for almost everybody.

For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.

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Location: Harrisburg Illinois

Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Benton) Franklin County
(Shawneetown) Gallatin County
(McLeansboro) Hamilton County
(Murphysboro) Jackson County
(Vienna) Johnson County
(Pinckneyville) Perry County

12/13 Coming to The Harrisburg area
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Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival Newburgh IN May17-18 There will be non stop jazz, wonderful wines, great food, and the opportunity to browse and purchase local art. All of this overlooking the beautiful Ohio River at the Old Lock & Dam Park.
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Lower Town Arts and Music Festival Paducah KY May17-19 The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky is THE regional Festival for Western Kentucky and the surrounding area. The Festival's mission is to celebrate the cultural richness of this part of the country.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival Henderson KY June12-15 The W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival has become one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, drawing attendants from just about every state and many countries. The festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and 'Father of the Blues', William Christopher Handy.